Defending Against an Employee’s Sexual Harassment Claim
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment can include sexual gestures, physical touching, verbal or written sexual remarks, sexual jokes, and displaying sexual pictures or cartoons (leading to what is known as a hostile work environment). Sexual harassment can also occur when an employee is coerced to perform sexual favors in return for keeping their job or getting a promotion or other work benefit (commonly known as “quid pro quo” sexual harassment). In certain instances, an employee might claim that a series of sexually charged comments or jokes made by a male colleague are demeaning based on her gender. In other instances, an employee could allege that her male boss was pressuring her to submit to a sexual act while simultaneously promising her a promotion. While there are always exceptions, many sexual harassment cases are brought by women and the number of cases has risen in recent years due to the increase of women in the workforce.
Responding to an Employee’s Sexual Harassment Claim
Regardless of your specific situation, an employee’s allegations of sexual harassment are serious and deserve a measured response. BHPK attorneys have an extensive background assisting employers at all stages of the process, from the initial investigation into an employee’s allegations to working with employers to avoid retaliation claims after a formal complaint has been filed. BHPK attorneys have also successfully defended against numerous unfounded sexual harassment claims, which can often serve as deterrents for other employees seeking to file similarly frivolous lawsuits in the future.